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Date: 06 Dec 2006 12:10:42
From: Jim
Subject: Gaggia classic daily cleaning question
I just posted my daily cleaning in a recent post. This question is
about steam pressure going through the shower head.

I like to rinse the shower head with water and wipe the coffee residue
off after every use. Sometimes there's still a bit of steam pressure,
and it will give a second or so of steam before the pump pushes hot
water through it. Is there a problem with doing this? Should I wait
until the boiler cools down some, or is it not an issue?

TIA




 
Date: 06 Dec 2006 17:21:25
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: Gaggia classic daily cleaning question
Jim <askme@beforeyousend.com > wrote:

>I just posted my daily cleaning in a recent post. This question is
>about steam pressure going through the shower head.
>
>I like to rinse the shower head with water and wipe the coffee residue
>off after every use. Sometimes there's still a bit of steam pressure,
>and it will give a second or so of steam before the pump pushes hot
>water through it. Is there a problem with doing this? Should I wait
>until the boiler cools down some, or is it not an issue?
>
If you have been steaming it could be some "residue steam" still in
the boiler or it could be that the boiler and heating element are
still quite hot after steaming so when you refilled the boiler the
water was quite hot and either formed some steam in the boiler of
flash-boiled when the first few ml's came out of the brewhead. IMO,
nothing to worry about. To keep it from happening, try flushing a bit
more water through the steam wand after steaming and/or before
brewing.


Randy "or not" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




  
Date: 08 Dec 2006 11:22:46
From: Stuart Hudson
Subject: Re: Gaggia classic daily cleaning question
Randy G. wrote:
> Jim <askme@beforeyousend.com> wrote:
>
>> I just posted my daily cleaning in a recent post. This question is
>> about steam pressure going through the shower head.
>>
>> I like to rinse the shower head with water and wipe the coffee residue
>> off after every use. Sometimes there's still a bit of steam pressure,
>> and it will give a second or so of steam before the pump pushes hot
>> water through it. Is there a problem with doing this? Should I wait
>> until the boiler cools down some, or is it not an issue?
>>
> If you have been steaming it could be some "residue steam" still in
> the boiler or it could be that the boiler and heating element are
> still quite hot after steaming so when you refilled the boiler the
> water was quite hot and either formed some steam in the boiler of
> flash-boiled when the first few ml's came out of the brewhead. IMO,
> nothing to worry about. To keep it from happening, try flushing a bit
> more water through the steam wand after steaming and/or before
> brewing.
>
>
> Randy "or not" G.
> http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com
>
>

My Gaggia Classic has been with me for roughly 8 years without breakdown
apart from the obvious portafilter gasket replacements and always after
I steam the milk I blow most of the residual steam pressure through the
shower head and the last bit through the steam wand. Gets rid of the
crap from both. In my experience not an issue, a positive.

Stuart Hudson


 
Date: 06 Dec 2006 12:27:34
From: daveb
Subject: Re: Gaggia classic daily cleaning question
NOT AN ISSUE.

D
Jim wrote:
> I just posted my daily cleaning in a recent post. This question is
> about steam pressure going through the shower head.
>
> I like to rinse the shower head with water and wipe the coffee residue
> off after every use. Sometimes there's still a bit of steam pressure,
> and it will give a second or so of steam before the pump pushes hot
> water through it. Is there a problem with doing this? Should I wait
> until the boiler cools down some, or is it not an issue?
>
> TIA